How to fake being a Scotland Rugby fan

You’ve bagged some tickets to the next game at Murrayfield to see your national team take on their rivals. But now you need to pretend you know everything about the game, and fake being a Scotland rugby fan, right? We’ve all been there.  Read on to find some facts and name drops from the men’s national team. These will come in handy at the pre-match warm-up session.

The home of Scottish Rugby

BT Murrayfield Stadium is the home of Scottish Rugby. The stadium is the largest in Scotland with a capacity over 67,000. It’s also well known for its ‘Murrayfield Roar’ that the crowds bring. You’ll never forget the few minutes of patriotic harmony when the national anthem, Flower of Scotland, is sung before the match by fans.

Scotland Rugby history

There is a deep history in the Scotland team. With three previous Grand Slam wins (awarded when a team wins all matches in the annual Six Nations tournament) in 1925, 1984 & 1990. The team was formed when they played the first international rugby football game against England in 1871 at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh. More recently, Scotland play England each year for the Calcutta Cup.

A recent team highlight was the 2015 World Cup quarter-final at Twickenham. The team lost to Australia by just one point in the final minute. This was a crushing moment for optimistic fans. The Scotland team are currently 4th in the world rankings as they move into summer 2017. Find out if they’ve managed to maintain this here.

Scotland rugby coach and players

Ross Ford is the team’s most capped player, overtaking the record  held by Chris Paterson since 2011. The current Scotland Rugby Union coach is Gregor Townsend who joined the squad this in June 2017. John Barclay is the current team captain.

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